How to Dispose of Appliances

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The Complete Appliance Disposal Guide

Whether your fridge is on the fritz or you are upgrading your kitchen, getting rid of old appliances isn’t always an easy task. Appliances are big, bulky and made of materials that tend to make their removal difficult and costly. If you’re wondering what to do with an old appliance, check out the appliance removal, recycling and donation options below.

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Top 5 Appliance Disposal Options

1. Rent a Roll Off Dumpster

A roll off dumpster rental is an easy way to get rid of appliances and other junk from around the house. Simply load your items into the bin and call back when you’re finished to have it all hauled away. Plus, you can hang on to your container for as long as needed to finish your project. Since you can also use a roll off dumpster to throw away other items along with your old appliances, this option is great for kitchen renovations or home cleanouts.

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BenefitsThings to Consider
- Load your appliances at your own pace.- Best for removing multiple items, or extremely large appliances.
- No need to be home for pickup.- You'll load your own items.
- Low, upfront rate is provided before your rental arrives.- Dumpster sizes, weight limits and restrictions can vary by location.
- Offers a guaranteed, scheduled removal of your appliances.

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2. Check With Your Local Municipal Pickup

The easiest way to get rid of an old appliance is to leave it at the curb, but you will need to check if your city offers collection and recycling services for large appliance disposal. You likely will have to schedule your appliance removal ahead of time and pay a moderate fee in addition to your usual trash bill. This option is not available everywhere, so be sure to contact your local municipal waste collection agency or department of public works for more information on the proper steps to follow.

BenefitsThings to Consider
- Great for removing one or two items.- Some cities do not accept appliances for disposal or recycling.
- Can be a low-cost appliance disposal option.- Pickups may be limited to certain days or times.
- Offers a scheduled removal of your appliance.- You may have to drop off your appliance at a designated disposal location.
- Not an ideal option for removing multiple appliances.
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3. List It Online

If you have just one or two appliances to get rid of, you could list them on Craigslist or Freecycle. Locals who collect scrap metal may be willing to pick up your old appliance for free, but if you really need it out of your house, you could always offer to cover the cost of gas. This option is ideal if you have a space to keep your old appliance until it’s been claimed.

BenefitsThings to Consider
- Low-cost or free appliance removal option.- Not a guaranteed removal option.
- Very little extra work involved.- Appliance sits around indefinitely.
- Not an ideal option for removing multiple appliances.

4. Dump Them Yourself

Wondering where to dispose of appliances so you don’t have to wait around for someone else? You can drop appliances off at most landfills or transfer stations, usually for a fee. To properly dispose of refrigerators and other cooling units you may need to have refrigerants drained prior to dumping, though most facilities will handle this step for you. Finally, for safety reasons, make sure that your items are properly strapped down in your truck before hauling them away.

BenefitsThings to Consider
- You can get rid of the appliances on your own time.- Appliances can become a hazard while driving if not properly strapped down.
- Affordable way to remove one or two items.- Requires access to a truck.
- Local landfill, transfer station or scrap yard may be far away.
- Could require multiple trips to remove all items.

Important Appliance Disposal Tip:

Some landfills may require that you remove or tape appliance doors shut prior to dumping them. This saves space by making the appliance as compact as possible. Check with your local scrapyard for more information before dropping off your old appliances.

5. Hire a Junk Removal Service

Most junk removal companies will accept old appliances for either recycling or disposal. This option is great for getting rid of one or two items. But if you’re throwing out more than that, you may want to look into other options, as their prices are determined by how much space your items take up. If you also have household clutter or renovation debris to remove, junk removal costs can add up quickly, so make sure to research junk removal options and pricing near you before enlisting their services.

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BenefitsThings to Consider
- Items are loaded up for you.- Better for disposing of one or two items.
- Offers a scheduled removal of your appliances. - You won’t receive a quote until the truck arrives.
- Price increases with each item.

How Much Does Appliance Removal Cost?

Trying to budget for your junk removal project? Appliance removal costs can vary greatly from location to location, but the price to get rid of appliances is based on a few factors, including:

  • How many items you’re getting rid of.
  • Whether you’re replacing an old appliance with a new one.
  • The kind of appliance you’re getting rid of.
     

We’ve broken down the costs of a few different appliance disposal options so you can choose the right one for you.

Cost to Remove Multiple Appliances

Disposal OptionCost
 
Cost to Rent a 20 Yard Dumpster
 
 
Around $447, with prices ranging from $264 to $687. An additional disposal cost may apply for appliances at some area landfills, which is usually about $30.
 
 
Cost of a Junk Removal Service
 
 
Around $275 for a quarter bedload to $600 for a full bedload.
 

The average cost of appliance removal from a junk hauling service is $297, assuming you have less than 9 cubic yards, or 3 pickup truck loads, of used or broken appliances and other trash.

Meanwhile, the average cost of a 20 yard dumpster rental is $447, which includes more than double that amount of appliance and other junk hauling, or 6 pickup truck loads of debris.

If you’re just getting rid of a refrigerator and a stove, a junk removal service may be your best bet. But if you also have other stuff to dump along with your appliances, a dumpster rental is going to be the most cost-efficient disposal option for you.

Important Appliance Disposal Tip:

Junk removal companies charge by the volume of items inside their truck – the more space your items take up, the more expensive their services become. Keep this in mind if you’re throwing out more than just appliances. With a dumpster rental, you can fill the entire container for a set price, with no additional fees for the other household junk you’re throwing away.

Cost to Remove and Replace Old Appliances

If you’re removing old appliances and replacing them with new ones, many retailers can take and recycle your old appliance for you. Here are the appliance removal costs of a few popular retailers (rates may vary by location):

  • Best Buy: $29.99 when a replacement appliance is purchased and delivered. Standalone pickup is $99.99.
  • Lowe’s: $30 haul away fee is included with the cost of installation for a new appliance.
  • The Home Depot: $25 appliance removal fee with the purchase and delivery of a new item.
  • Sears: $10 per item to haul away the items you're replacing. (Prices may vary in some markets.)

Individual Appliance Removal Costs

If you’re just getting rid of one appliance and not replacing it, the cost of removal can vary depending on the item. While it may cost nothing to throw out your old microwave with your weekly trash pickup, it could cost up to $150 for a junk removal company to take away your old chest freezer. When in doubt, call the junk service, landfill or recycling station for a quote on your individual appliance’s disposal.

Appliance Recycling Options

Wondering how to recycle your old appliances? These are your best options:

1. Transfer Station

If your city offers appliance recycling services, they will typically have recycling stations for large appliances at a local transfer station or dump. Most locations provide a list of accepted appliances and the price to dispose of them online, so do a quick search to learn more about options near you.

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2. Local Scrap Metal Retailers

You could also try to make a little money off your old appliance by hauling it to your local scrap metal dealer. Most metal recyclers will accept appliances for sale as scrap, making this a great way to get rid of appliances for free.

3. Retailers

Most retailers aren’t just tossing the appliances they haul away for you. If you’re in the process of replacing an appliance, do a little research on which retailers recycle old appliances before making your purchase.

4. Utility Provider

Your utility provider may offer an appliance recycling program. Some organizations offer this in conjunction with the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal program and may provide a free pickup or pay an incentive.

If you have trouble finding local resources for where to recycle old appliances, use this guide from the EPA to locate a facility near you.

Appliance Donation Options

If your appliance doesn’t have any major problems, you can simply donate it. In fact, many charities offer appliance pickup for no charge, making this a great way to dispose of appliances for free. Just be sure that your items can be accepted at your local charities. Some organizations, like Goodwill, generally cannot accept large or bulky appliances.

Before donating your appliance, make sure that the item:

  • Is in good, working condition.
  • Can be used as-is, with no repairs.
  • Is clean and free of bugs or other pests.

The organizations below generally accept appliances as donations:

Donation centers that usually offer free appliance pickup:

Donation centers that require drop-off:

  • Local charities and shelters
  • Goodwill (small appliances only)
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Frequently Asked Questions About Appliance Disposal

Can I rent a dumpster to dispose of appliances in my area?

Can I mix other items with appliances in a roll off dumpster?

Are there any fees for disposing of an appliance in a dumpster?

Why do refrigerants need to be removed from freezers and refrigerators?

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